Any trip to Australia is incomplete without a visit to World heritage listed, Fraser Island. With adventure, nature and beauty, Fraser Island on Australia's Goldcoast
has it all. The world’s largest sand island, Fraser Island gets hundreds of thousands of visitors per year, making it one of the most popular Australian Islands.
Its wild ruggedness and untouched historic landscape make a welcome home for many species of unique flora and fauna. Dingoes are at home in the wild here and many visitors will come to see them in their natural habitat. The island is also home to 100 freshwater lakes, which are some of the cleanest lakes in the world. Interestingly Fraser Island is home to half of the total of perched lakes on the planet.
Exploring Fraser Island
We would recommend that you spend at least 2-3 days on the island to get the full Fraser Island experience. At 120km long by 24km wide, it’s full to the brim of interesting sights and experiences that will stay with you forever.
In typical Aussie laidback style, the best aspect of a trip to Fraser Island is that you are free to roam and explore the wilderness at your own pace. Take a 4WD tour (4 wheel drive jeep) or hire one yourself to get around.
Highlights of Fraser Island
is a large perched lake
which has crystal clear blue waters and white sands. Part of the Great Sandy National Park
, its waters are so pure that it can only sustain a very limited number of species. There are many picnic areas and barbeque areas around the lake which can get quite crowded during peak times. However, as an area of natural beauty, it is incomparable so try to get there early in the morning.
Lake Wabby is a change from Lake MacKenzie in that it has strange off-green coloured water. It does host a variety of species of fish though as it is not as acidic as Lake MacKenzie. Catch this lake quickly before it disappears into the sands below.
Seventy five mile beach
is so called because it runs 75 miles along the Coast of Fraser Island. It’s not a beach to go swimming though as the water is full of tiger sharks! But if you fancy just grabbing a glimpse of a shark, a dolphin or even a whale, Indian Head is where you will get the best vantage point. A visit to the coloured sands of the Pinnacles
is also a must.
Eli Creek, this fast-moving lake will take you for a right spin! Jump in for a refreshing swim or take a fun float down the Creek from the bridge at the far end of the boardwalk. It is the largest Creek on the Island with an unbelievable flow of 80 million litres of water per day.
The Maheno shipwreck is an eerie and haunting experience. Located along Seventy five mile beach, it became shipwrecked in the 1930s and was target practice for the RAAF during the Second World War.
Wanggoolba Creek near Central station is where you can hike through an ancient rainforest valley made by a crystal clear flowing stream which runs over cool white sands. It is a unique experience which may remind you of something out of Jurassic Park. But don’t worry; we don’t think there are any dinosaurs on the island!
Getting to Fraser Island
Fraser Island is located 200Km off the Queensland Coast from Brisbane.
The best way to get to Fraser Island is to fly into Hervey Bay
. You can then get a coach to River Heads
— which is only a 20 minute journey. A vehicle/passenger ferry will then take you across to Kingfisher bay.
Please ensure you take your swimwear, sunscreen, towel, comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, hat and camera.
For more tips and highlights of island hopping in Australia, visit our previous blog
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